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What is the difference between earning a certificate and achieving certification?
A certificate is generally referred to as an educational process where the learner completes coursework as determined by the educational institution. Certification refers to an assessment process where the person is required to prove knowledge, skills, and competency in a specific area. The certification is generally given by a third-party organization and not related to the educational institution.
Once I register, how long before I can begin coursework?
Once you register a confirmation of registration and detailed instructions on accessing the course(s) will be emailed within two business days.
How much time will I have to complete the course?
The time limit to take the 60-hour certificate is six months from your receipt of the login information. You may take the certificate at times that are convenient. The time limit for each of the 30-hour courses is three months from your receipt of the login information. This time frame is an average of 2.5 hours per week.
Can I earn University of Minnesota credits after completing this certificate?
While you will receive a Certificate or Letter of Completion, you will not receive official UMD credit. Many people list these courses on their resume as completed education.
Is there an out-of-state difference in fees for learners?
Learners pay the same amount regardless of their location. Fees are calculated in US dollars.
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